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CA administrators consider changing the organization’s code of ethics

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Cricket Australia’s directors will consider a rewrite of the organisation’s code of ethics, a process which begins at tomorrow’s board meeting in Hobart, which could potentially see the eventual lifting of the lifetime ban on David Warner to direct.

CA announced a loss of A$5.1 million for the 2021-22 financial year at its general meeting on Thursday. CA largely blamed the loss on challenges presented by the pandemic such as biosecurity costs and reduced crowd capacity, as well as a drop in UK media rights for last summer’s Ashes.

Former Women’s Rapid Clea Smith was also unanimously elected to the CA Board of Directors as the only former player to serve as manager, following Mel Jones’ decision to step down.

Smith represented Australia in a Test match, 48 ODIs and 12 T20Is, previously held positions with the Australian Cricketers’ Association and was influential in the parental leave policy introduced in 2019.

Former Cricket Victoria chairman David Maddocks was also elected to replace outgoing Michelle Tredenick.

New AC manager Clea Smith played in Australia’s 2010 T20 World Cup-winning squad //Getty

Warner has had a leadership ban since the ball tampering scandal of 2018, and the 35-year-old who is closing in on 100 T20 internationals and 100 Test matches, has been mentioned as a candidate for the vacant captaincy of one day in Australia, but cannot fulfill the role under his sanctions.

Under the current rules, players who accept a sanction under the Code of Ethics waive their right to have the matter reviewed.

That means CA’s code would have to be rewritten before Warner’s ban can be reviewed, and a rewrite is something directors will discuss at Friday’s board meeting in Hobart.

“The view within Cricket Australia is that David is doing particularly well on the pitch and making a great contribution off the pitch,” chairman Lachlan Henderson said.

“The first step with respect to banning David’s leadership is to review the code and see if these penalties can be revised, and the appropriate revisions to this code that should be made.”

Henderson said the code could be rewritten if deemed necessary, with this to happen before a one-day captaincy call is made.

“Our intention is to review the code as quickly as possible. It’s in no one’s interest for us to delay this,” Henderson said.

“That would be in time for any future leadership conversations regarding David.”

CA is concerned that any changes made to the code in consultation with Ethics Commissioner Simon Longstaff may have implications for matters other than Warner.

At the same time, CEO Nick Hockley stressed that players have the right to show that they have changed since being banned for life.

“In very simple terms, we’re looking at penalties to review for good behavior and growth after a period of time,” Hockley said.

“Pending discussion tomorrow, there would then have to be a review of the code and that would have to be approved by the board.”

Meanwhile, the CA remains undecided on whether to lift the ban on playing Afghanistan in bilateral matches ahead of a three-match ODI series early next year.

Australia declined to host the country under Taliban rule last summer but agreed to play them at the T20 World Cup on November 4 as it is an ICC event.